BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- On the strength of top-25 finishes in football and volleyball, WKU leads Conference USA and is second among FBS schools in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup after fall sports seasons.
The Directors' Cup began in 1993-94 and is a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's national finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women's and 10 men's.
WKU's 95 points rank 57th in the nation among FBS schools and 69th of 351 Division I programs overall, which tops the next closest C-USA school (UTEP, 85) and ranks second in Kentucky among FBS programs (Louisville, 23rd; Kentucky, 111th).
WKU's highest score in the Directors' Cup came in 2008-09, when it finished 88th in the nation. WKU placed 102nd in 2014-15. WKU has finished the year in the top-100 three times since 1993-94.
WKU earned 45 points for its record-setting football season in which the Hilltoppers finished 12-2, won the C-USA championship, captured the Miami Beach Bowl title and ranked 24th in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Hilltoppers were the first team in C-USA's 20-year history to go undefeated through league play and win the conference championship game.
Head coach Jeff Brohm's team finished the year No. 9 in Total Offense and No. 4 in Passing Offense, led by the nation's passing leader in Brandon Doughty. Doughty, a 2016 East-West Shrine Game participant and two-time C-USA Most Valuable Player, led the FBS in passing yards (5,055), passing touchdowns (48) and completion percentage (71.9). He was just the third quarterback in the last 50 years to lead the nation in all three categories.
WKU picked up 50 points in volleyball, with the Lady Toppers playing in the NCAA Tournament after C-USA regular-season and tournament titles and finishing ranked 22nd in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll. In a season that began with the Lady Toppers capturing the program's most-high profile victory at then-fifth-ranked Wisconsin, WKU spent a total of nine weeks in the poll, peaking at No. 20 twice.
WKU used a 17-match winning streak midway through the year to help capture the program's first outright C-USA regular season title after finishing the conference season with a 15-1 record. The Lady Toppers then went on to capture their second consecutive C-USA Tournament title with a victory over host UTSA. WKU concluded the year in Provo, Utah, where the Lady Toppers earned the program's second NCAA Tournament victory with a sweep of PAC-12 foe Arizona before falling to host BYU in the second round.
The final standings encompassing all sports are scheduled to be released in June. For more information, visit http://www.nacda.com/directorscup/nacda-directorscup.html.